Writing Out of the Margins!Webring Surfing

Webrings I Manage

Ring home pages & site lists.

Generic Webring Policy

Guidelines that apply to all my rings.

Generic Webring Help

How the current webring works. Solving common problems. Links to webring information & resources.

Webring Management Webring Memberships
Customized Navbars

Yahoo! No more Yahoos!
These are the webrings I manage. The big graphic will take you to the list of member sites. The text link or the little graphic will take you to the webring home page. Occasionally there will be two options for the member list, because the ring exists on both RingSurf and Webring.com.

I started Ringsurf alternatives for some rings during the Yahoo Darkness when some members refused to enter the belly of the Beast. The Ringsurf groups have remained small, and will hopefully someday choose to re-merge with the Webring groups. I find Webring rings and memberships much easier to manage, myself.

Links will open in a separate window. A tour is supposed to bring you back home, after all.

Activist Art: Using the creative arts for social change.

Activist Art Site List
Activist Art Home Page

Inside: Homeless shelters and other survival resources

Inside Home Page

The Power Ring: Using the Web for empowerment

The Power Ring Site List The Power Ring Home Page

MoodRings: Bipolar websites

Mood Rings Site List Mood Rings Home Page

Free Choice Webring : Free Choice & Free Dialogue in the Abortion Debate

Human Dignity <=> Free Choice Human Dignity <=> Free Choice
Leaving Born-Again Fundamentalist Christianity Hub Home

Weblogs with Something to Say

RingSurf Member List
Webring member list

Ringsurf Home
Webring Home

Split Infinity : for activist art & zines

Infinity Write On!

The Commonwealth of Letters : Multicultural Literacy

The Human Cultural Heritage
Passing It On

Members of the StreetWrites workshop for writing out of the margins!

StreetWrites Webring Site List StreetWrites Webring Home Page

Members of the Kalliope poetry exercise workshops

Kalliope Webring Site List Kalliope Webring Home Page

Members of the WRITERS workshop list and other sites we can't resist

Writers Ring Site List Writers List Home Page

Mystery Readers Ring

Mystery Readers Ring Site List Mystery Readers Ring Home Page

Bookfans: a Science Fiction Readers Ring

Bookfans Site List Bookfans Home Page

SiFi Novel Webring : for readers & writers

SiFi/Fantasy Books Read On!
Fantasy Book Review Ring Hub Read On!

WritingChat Webring : for members of the WritingChat list

WChat logo WChat Icon

Save America's Vanishing Frompers! Save creativity and imagination on the Net!

Frompers Web Site List Frompers Web Home Page
The Bardic Circle Hub Home
The Dragon's Hoard Hub Home

Just the FAQs : an information ring

Rotating logo FAQs Icon
Free Webmaster Resources Hub Home
Purple Star Graphic Designers Webring Hub Home
Invasion of the Web
Webmasters with multiple sites, on more than one server
Hub Home
Very Very Very Big Websites Hub Home

A Dance of Anitras

Dance of Anitras Site List Dance of Anitras Home Page
Anitra's Web
Just my own sites.
May eventually be the biggest of my rings. :)
Hub Site List of Anitra's Web Home

For All My Webrings

These are the guidelines that apply across all my webrings:

The new Webring navbar is accessible to everyone, including browsers that don't use Javascript. Therefore I no longer ask that members use additional HTML navigation code. If you do want to do so, you may. However:

We all make typos, and sometimes I haven't been able to find a site that's applied to the ring just because it was entered wrong. I can often work this out by tracing back to the front page and then forward again. If I think some search terms would work better for you, I may change them too. And if your site or your webring page moves, sometimes I can track it down.

That is about the limit of what I can do from this end, though. I email you through the webring system, and if they don't have your correct address, I can't even let you know if there's a problem.

It is always in your best interests to update your site information yourself, whenever it changes.

Help for Webring Members & Managers

Good news: Webring is independent again! Bad news: the code has changed again!

Here are some steps applicable to any webring. Feel free to copy this for your own webring home page if you find it useful.

Easy Navigation Shouldn't Be a Fantasy

A webring is a way of linking similar sites so that the links are easy to maintain and easy to surf.

There are reasons for using a standard set of code to link a webring, besides the sheer egotism of webring managers.

  1. For the webring to work as designed, the links must be as written.
  2. For visitors to the ring to be able to surf without confusion, each ring should be easily identifiable.

You must have either the Javascript navbar or HTML navigation code on your page, for the webring to work.

RECENT CHANGES: After a brief period with the Yahoos, WEBRING IS ONCE AGAIN INDEPENDENT. You do have to sign up for an ID with Webring.com to join and manage webrings. Management of more than one webring membership is easier than ever.

If you haven't yet signed up with the new (and independent from Yahoo!) webring, you can do it at login. You probably want to use the same ID & password as you had with Yahoo Webring, to save yourself confusion. You can then associate your ring sites with your new ID so that you can edit and manage them in the future.

If you have already installed the Javascript code for the new Webring navbar, the bar for each new ring you join will appear on your page as soon as you are accepted.

If you need the Javascript code for the navbar:

Lynx (text-only) and some older graphic browsers, cannot use Javascript. This is the reason for the code between the <NOSCRIPT> and </NOSCRIPT> tags. That code will be executed by browsers that do not use Javascript, and provides a link to a page hosted at Webring that will display all your navbars.

Some people still prefer to use the all-HTML navbar. To get the HTML navbar, follow the above steps, but when you get to the page displaying the SSNB code, scroll to the bottom and click the word "here" at the end of the sentence "Members who wish to use the HTML version of this nav bar should go here."

If you use the Javascript code, the navbar for each new webring you join will automagically appear in the "stack." So will any code updates. If you use the HTML form, you will have to manually insert the HTML navbar for each new ring, and manually make any updates.

There is a way to get the best of both worlds. At the end of the Javascript code is a "NOSCRIPT" tag. This tells the browser what to do if Javascript isn't working; it provides a link to a page hosted at Webring where your navbars will be displayed. Carefully insert your HTML code just before the </NOSCRIPT> tag. Then the automagically maintained navbar stack will appear for your visitors who use Javascript, the link will appear for those who don't, and your manually maintained HTML stack will appear for visitors who don't use Javascript and don't want to click an extra link.

The code is customized for your webpage. If your webpage address or any other site information (including your email address) changes, please update your entry! The magic of webring cannot work without your help.

Common Navbar Problems

Using Older Navigation Code

Some members, and ring managers, would rather stay with the old webring navigation layouts for the esthetics. It is possible under the new system for ring managers who know HTML to create some very sophisticated navbars (see my Orson Scott Card page, for example) but if you would rather stick with older designs, you still can, as long as the links are in the proper form.

The Yahoo links will not work. The older webring.org links will usually work, except on days when the server is being especially skittish. Since we all know that servers can get skittish at random moments, it is a really good idea to update your code.

The general form of a webring link is http://Z.webring.com/go?ring=myring&id=#&next

The parts of speech:

Webring Help Links

Andrea has the most extensive ring help site, which includes an Adopt-a-Ring program and an Ethical Ring Managers Ring:

If wrug.cjb.net is unavailable, as sometimes happens, try http://home.dejazzd.com/androb/wrug/

My most-frequently-used pages:

I recommend the step by step guide if you are brand new: it will even explain how to copy-and-paste. If you are a ring manager, you can find helpful material here to copy-and-paste into your own ring home page. The Webring Glossary can save you from drowning in words you never heard before. And if you do the Newbie's Tutorial you'll know more than a lot of old hands, just starting out.

Andrea also has a Webring FAQ at Bravenet.

James Huggins also has great, up-to-date and readable information on webrings, and covers many different systems, including Ringlink and Ringsurf. If you have any further questions, or you're just curious about webrings, I recommend his pages.



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